Pilgrims Hospices Lottery raises vital funds for hospice services each year. It offers a fun and simple way to help Pilgrims support local people who are living with an incurable illness.
Shiralee Riddell, Lottery Manager, shares news and updates from the Lottery team and explains how our Lottery members make a difference.
Spring has definitely sprung, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the longer, lighter days ahead and enjoying the sights and sounds that spring brings.
It has been another busy year for the Pilgrims Hospices Lottery team and we are on target to raise an incredible £1.2m thanks to your amazing and unwavering generosity and support. Thank you!
We’ve sent out winners cheques to over 5,500 lucky people in our local community this last year, and amongst the many winners we’ve seen a £15k rollover winner!
Our 40th celebratory draw raised nearly £57,000 and we’ve sold 969scratch cards. You’ve surprised 131wedding guests with Pilgrims Hospices Lottery wedding favours and gift vouchers, and 147 lucky loved ones received our Christmas gift vouchers. 1,347 of you have taken out additional entries or joined since April 2022. This is amazing, and all the more impressive in these increasingly difficult times; thank you.
It’s a real privilege for us to know that we are a part of your lives, celebrations and festivities. Your support makes such a difference to the lives of many people in the local community; your friends, neighbours, relatives and loved ones could all benefit from the vital services our wonderful care teams are able to provide because of your kindness.
Did you know that…
A year’s Lottery membership could pay for a one-to-one bereavement counselling session
The purchase of a book of 40th celebratory draw tickets helped pay for an in-patient’s meals for a day
Christmas gift vouchers bought for loved ones helped provide over 200 pamper sessions for our patients
How do we raise such a fabulous amount of money – over £1 million every year?! We think one reason could be that whilst many charity lotteries have increased their entry cost, we’ve retained many of our loyal supporters (some joined in 1996, the year Pilgrims Hospices Lottery began) by choosing to keep our weekly entry cost to just £1. You’re then able to choose how much you would like to give. You can have more than one entry into our weekly draw, which is great news for you as you can increase your chances of winning, and even better news for us as we raise even more funds to help provide our compassionate care. A real win win!
If you aren’t already a member of our weekly Lottery draw, you can join using your preferred payment method; join online or call our friendly team on 01227 379 741. You’ll receive confirmation and your membership numbers in the post. As soon as your payment is received, you’re in the draw and will continue to be all the time funds are in your Lottery account.
There are 106 guaranteed weekly prizes plus a rollover, which has to be won at £20k. You’ve got to be in it to win it! From then on, just sit back and wait for your winning cheques to be mailed out you, no need to claim – but if you would like to check, the winning numbers are available on our website every week.
Best wishes and thank you again for all of your support.
We couldn’t do it without you!
Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager
Pilgrims Hospices cares for thousands of local people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community and in their inpatient units as well as running a 24-hour advice line.
7th February 2023
Celebration Prize Draw raised £57,000 in it’s milestone 40th year
There’s nothing quite like taking part in a prize draw, especially if you know your contribution is helping a local charity to provide valuable care and support for people in your community.
Pilgrims Hospices celebrates 40 years of end-of-life care, and is delighted to announce the Celebration Prize Draw raised an incredible £57,000 for patient care across east Kent.
Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Lottery Manager said: “It’s a milestone year for the hospices, and with the support of the thousands of people who purchased tickets, and took part in our Celebratory 40th Prize Draw; we know we’re helping even more people to live well in every moment, in their own homes and in our hospice wards.”
Congratulations to our big prize winners:
Mrs V from Ashford winning £2,040
Mr F from Herne Bay winning £1,040
Miss P from Canterbury winning £540
100s of smaller cash prizes were won, with all lucky prize winners receiving their cheques before Christmas
Shiralee added: “We would also like to thank all of our members new and old. More than 3,000 additional or new entries have been taken out to support your local hospices in this last year alone. We now have more than 21,000 members thanks to our fabulous team, and the tremendous support for our wonderful hospices from the community.
It’s a milestone year for the hospices
Shiralee, Pilgrims Lottery Manager
“Our lucky winners across the year have told us of the difference their wins have made to them, from long awaited travel plans to finally see loved ones, to parties for those big birthdays and anniversaries, to treating family and friends. All delighted and pleasantly surprised to have a win whilst supporting your very special Pilgrims Hospices. Over 5,500 cash prizes have been sent out in the last year alone.
“Thank you to all who treated loved ones, bought tickets, promoted products, collected and paid subscriptions, sold scratch cards and joined our weekly Lottery. We really couldn’t do it without you.”
£25 pays for one full hour of compassionate care by a specialist nurse. Together, we really do make a difference.
Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.
Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet, as well as in patients’ own homes. To offer these services to patients and their families, the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.
This year, the much-loved local charity is celebrating its 40th birthday, with a guaranteed prize fund of £4,040 including a first prize of £2,040. All prizes will be sent out to the lucky winners in time for Christmas! They are asking the local community buy a ticket or two to help with continued support for Pilgrims’ end-of-life patients across east Kent.
Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Lottery Manager told us: “We recently posted tickets to our Pilgrims Lottery members and supporters, the response so far has been very encouraging.
“We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured, our services are provided free of charge for our three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, within our Therapy Centres and in patients’ own homes; our care is also extended to families and carers .”
£25 will pay for an hours’ specialist nursing care in one of our in-patient units.
£15 goes towards mini toiletries for a patient who needs them.
£12 gives a patient staying in one of our hospices a delicious meal on Christmas day.
If you are not on Pilgrims’ regular mailing list and would like some tickets, please:
Shiralee added: “Please do take part; your generous support is greatly appreciated by our patients and their loved ones, and it makes an incredible difference at the most difficult of times. Thank you.”
Please support your local hospice by calling Shiralee for your tickets. In order to make sure tickets are included, counterfoils must be returned by 8 December, the Christmas Draw takes place on 15 December 2022. Over 16s only, full T&Cs are on our website:
Pilgrims Hospices is dedicated to proving skilled and compassionate care, free of charge, to people living with an incurable illness in east Kent. Pilgrims vision is that people with a life-limiting illness are supported and empowered to live well in mind and body, making the most of the time have. They care for thousands of patients and their families each year, at their three inpatients units in Canterbury, Thanet and Ashford, their Therapy Centres or in patients’ homes.